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Gifts for Dad

Sunday, June 18 is Father’s Day! The kids are out of school, summer has begun and it’s the season for fun. What’s your dad’s or husband’s favorite warm-weather activity? This year consider planning a gift package around something you already know he enjoys. It will give the season a fresh spin and let him know you’re interested in spending time together.

Does he love to fish or take the boat out? Use a large cooler as the gift box. Inside you can include cold packs and an insulated water bottle or a flask. Perhaps you could even personalize can coolers. He might also like a new pair of swim trunks, sandals and a beach towel. Does he need a new fishing pole? Tie a big bow on it and he’ll love the surprise! Fishing tackle may fit in the cooler with the other thoughtful gift items, or you could wrap everything separately.

Does your dad have a green thumb? Get your hands on some vegetable and flower starts—young plants that are ready to be transplanted right into the ground this time of year. Include a pair or two of new gardening gloves as well for a fresh start. Other gift ideas could include tools, a knee pad, a sunhat or baseball cap and sunglasses. What does he like to make with the produce he grows? You could get him pickling salt, spices and jars. Gifts could be presented in a tool caddy or wheelbarrow as a nice final touch.

Is Dad the kind of guy who loves grilling? Perhaps he would enjoy some gifts that allow him to step up his game this season. Get a pizza stone (yes, you can put those right on the hot grates!), grilling baskets and heavier duty tools and utensils that might be missing from your grill collection. Does he have an apron? He may need one; grilling can get messy! New sunglasses are often appreciated, as well as a new hat. Treat him to some fancy whisky stones so he can feel like a real king while prepping a meal for the family. You could wrap everything separately and hide inside the grill itself as a surprise on Father’s Day (just make sure the grill is reasonably clean). Enjoy!

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